When it comes to cleaning your wood floors, there are many different methods that are commonly used. What many people don’t know is that some of these popular cleaning methods can actually do more harm than good. All hardwood, cork, bamboo, and laminate floors are vulnerable to moisture and scratches, so it is wise to do your homework before deciding how you are going to clean your wood floor.
The most popular methods for cleaning woods floors all people should avoid using include steam mops, Swiffer cleaning mops, vinegar, Murphy’s oil, and Orange Glo. The problem with steam mops is that they pump moisture into the floor and we all know that moisture is the number one enemy of wood floors. The moisture that is absorbed over time will cause your floors to warp and swell. With Swiffer cleaning mops, large collections of debris gather under the mop pad, which are known to scratch wood floors. These tiny scratches will add up over time and diminish the look of any wood floor. Using water and vinegar is another popular method that can potentially ruin wood floors. If you use vinegar as a regular cleaning option, over time the acidic level of vinegar will slowly eat away at whatever type of layer your floor is sealed with causing your floor to fade and lose its distinct coloration. If you are going to use vinegar on your wood floors, it should be no more than once or twice a year. The last two popular methods of cleaning that we highly recommend that you stay away from are Murphy’s Oil Soap and Orange Glo. The moisture in Murphy’s Oil Soap will ruin your wood floor, and Orange Glo makes the floors dangerously slippery.
Now that you have been schooled on what methods not to use, we are happy to inform you that there are various types of effective and cost-friendly cleaning methods that won’t ruin your wood floor. The methods that we recommend when cleaning your wood floor include the Bona Kemi cleaning kit, Woodwise floor cleaner, and a micro-fiber mop. The Bona Kemi cleaning kit possesses a super powerful cleaning formula that comes with a mop pad that is re-useable and doesn’t scratch wood floors. Woodwise floor cleaner is an environmentally-friendly product that helps sustain a long-lasting finished look to your wood floors. Lastly, the micro-fiber pad is made of a soft material that is much less likely to scratch your wood floor.
When trying to maintain the beautiful look of your classic wood floors, please keep in mind that if you are not careful you could end up using a product that does more harm than good in the long-run. If you have any questions about what cleaning products and methods are best when cleaning your wood floors, give our sales team a call at 800-220-7112.